Got to enjoy this unofficial battle going on between the Toronto Argonauts and the Buffalo Bills to brag about how each of them are doing so much for high school football in this city.
Both teams are not only struggling, but many believe are also poor examples for aspiring young football players. The Argos have the worst team in the Canadian Football League. Last time I looked, three wins and double-digit numbers in the loss column. The Bills are the National Football League team that lost a game the other day, 6-3. Nothing else has to be said.
So, the Argos PR department sends out a news release - complete with high school standings - explaining how wonderful they are at helping to bring back football at several schools. The release is spun very well to leave an impression, for those who don't know, that this is an Argos initiative. The truth: several others have donated money over the years too.
On the subject of the Argos helping, they're even bringing back legendary coach Leo Cahill to talk at a clinic for school coaches - though there's a charge. Cahill is a nice guy but, as coaches have told me, surely the Argos can be more creative than ideas from a guy whose time in the game is long gone.
As for the Bills, through their NFL Canada operation, they also sent out a news release on how the Bills will have some rookies show up at Lawrence Park Collegiate, "one of Toronto's most historic football programs" and to "learn about the communities where their fans live".
They're also giving out a few thousand dollars in equipment too - and this is the organization that is sponsoring the various provincial Bowl games. Yup, at the Rogers Centre - where the Argo play. Whoops.
Either both football programs are very desperate these days, or continue their objective to tackle each other when maybe it might be a wise idea to work together to promote the sport - and build more credibility.